Will collect the “precious animal” [deerhound puppy] from King’s Cross.
Thanks GC for information on the perch.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Mr Cupples
A servant shall be at King’s Cross on Tuesday 8th. at 9 a.m.ready to receive the precious animal.f2 He shall then take him tosome inn & give him water & let him loose for a short time in astable, & then bring him here at once. So please direct C. Darwin“to be called for”.— We are all infinitely obliged for thisvaluable present & for your most clear instructions which we willendeavour to keep to the letter.
You have been most kind to take so much trouble in giving us suchfull particulars.
With many thanks | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Is the Hamper worth returning? or will you not let me pay for it?
Thanks about the Perch: I cannot but suspect some error; thoughSerranus is an ally of the Perch & has often been said on good authorityto be an Hermaphrodite, but Dr Günther does not believe evenin this case, except as an abnormality—f3